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St Nectan's Waterfall

By DianeFifield  
St Nectan's Waterfall in Cornwall photo taken with long exposure using tripod and wide angle lens

Tags: Cornwall Waterfall Landscape and travel St nectans

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Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
29 May 2011 12:25PM
I think the contrast could do with increasing, but only the near water and arch structure. If the contrast diminishes the further you go back into the scene then it will give the image more depth. This goes with saturation and sharpening also.

I chose to change the colour balance as the original has a yellow/green cast to it. Doing this will give slightly more colour differences and introduce a better warm/cool balance.

Selectively sharpening the shot will give the impression of more depth to the image, so just sharpen the f/g and arch structure. This can be done by sharpening everything, then click on the add layer mask button and paint using black to hide the areas you don't want sharpening.


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CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
29 May 2011 1:56PM
It's a very photogenic scene Dianne. What were the light conditions like? It seems there was quite a lot of light and you have picked up some lens flare on the left hand side. this would give you the low contrast Alan mentions. The best conditions for this kind of photograhy are overcast, so you get fewer problems with handling too much light.

Best wishes

ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
29 May 2011 2:55PM
I've gotta agree with Alan...the levels and curves could do with altering to boost the contrast. Too many splash mark on the lens also distracts for me. I would also look at cropping or perhaps next time concentrating on composing to shot so that we are looking purely at the lower fall and the view through the hole...that way you would have eliminated the strong light from the top of the current shot. Hope this helps?

Thanks for allowing me to crit....

paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
30 May 2011 7:40AM
A nice scene but you are over exposed by quite a bit. 13 sec seems a long exposure at ISO400, even at f16 unless you had a lot of ND filter power in use. Did you shoot any sharp water shots too? Always check the LCD for exposure, use the histogram if you can, and you should have had time here. Use a remote shutter release or the 10 sec delayed action to avoid any camera movement. I suspect a good 1.5 to 2 stops less exposure was required.

31 May 2011 11:03AM
Thank you for your helpful comments what do you think of number2 version ?
Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
31 May 2011 7:09PM
I think v2 is a little too closely cropped, especially at the top. I've done a mod with a less severe crop. It'll be up to you if you think it's better or notSmile


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